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Laois TD throws support behind plans to develop sports ground green infrastructure facility in Portlaoise

Portlaoise Rugby Club

Back in February, Portlaoise Rugby Club unveiled plans which could see their grounds developed into a multi-purpose sports facility to also cater for the likes of basketball, hockey, tennis and athletics.

The club, which is based at Togher on an almost 20-acre site, say their vision is to develop their grounds “into a top-class sports facility founded on sustainable and low-carbon principles”.

The club recently carried out public consultation on their proposals and are now getting ready to progress to the next stage of the development.

Speaking recently, Fianna Fail TD Sean Fleming threw his support behind the project.

He said that Laois is crying out for a facility like this and called on Laois County Council to support it.

He said: “I believe this is an excellent opportunity for sporting organisations in Portlaoise and County Laois, as well as for Portlaiose Rugby Club.

“There is a crying need for sports facilities both indoor and outdoor for a number of sports in Portlaoise.

“It makes absolute sense if sporting organisations can work together with the various public bodies to ensure we have the best and most modern facilities available for people in the Portlaoise area.

“The Rugby Club has plans to improve their own facilities, they also believe this is an opportunity to maximise the grounds for community and to build partnerships with other local sporting organisations (e.g. basketball, hockey, athletics, tennis etc) and an outdoor space could be dedicated for developing facilities for them.

“This could include multi-use ball courts depending on the demand. The indoor hall could also be used for these sports.

“The availability such a large sporting facility which has tremendous potential is an opportunity not to be missed.

“Togher is a recognised sporting area and is adjacent to the motorway with great ease of access for sports persons and spectators alike.

“I would ask Laois County Council to actively support this proposal, Portlaoise is one of the fastest growing towns in Ireland and needs sport and recreational facilities for the entire population both young and old.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.